A Cambodian man has claimed that a hole in his spine is warning him when the world is set to end.
Politician Khem Veasna made the bizarre claim in a post on Facebook, telling his 370,000 followers that an apocalyptic flood was on the way and that his farmhouse was the only safe place to escape the waters.
"I can’t sleep because whenever I sleep, my spinal cord is pulling so hard, because the world is breaking down, and the water is flowing into the gap," he wrote.
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It seems some are taking his claims seriously, with Veasna posting photos on social media showing huge throngs of people on his farm in Cambodia's northern Siem Reap province.
They are believed to have made the pilgrimage from all over the country, with some even coming from as far as South Korea.
In response, the Cambodian embassy in Seoul has asked migrant workers not to travel and urged those who have already gone to go back home.
Authorities have estimated that between 15,000 and 20,000 people arrived at Veasna's home and those who could not fit in are either camping outside or renting out nearby accommodation.
Barriers were erected at the farm's entrances to prevent any more people from entering.
While some local residents have complained that the sudden influx of people has put pressure on amenities including toilet access, many business owners are happy to have more people through their doors.
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Veasna, who is openly critical of the Cambodian government, calls himself 'Brahma' after the Hindu god of creation and is thought to have created a cult-like persona for himself.
Will Brehm, an associate professor at University College London, researches Cambodian politics told VICE: “To some extent, it shows the power of social media in a country that is filled with very limited freedom of press."
Some supporters have left the farm since the doomsday prophecy was declared on August 23, though many still remain and refuse to go despite orders from authorities to return home.
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